Be Septic Smart
How Do I Know if I Have a Septic System?
Septic systems are common in rural areas without centralized sewer systems. You likely have a septic system if:
You use well water.
The waterline coming into your home doesn’t have a meter.
You show a “$0.00 Sewer Amount Charged” on your water bill.
Your neighbors have a septic system.
How Can I Find My Septic System?
If you know that your home has a septic system but are unsure where it is, there are a few ways to locate it:
Look on your home’s “as built” drawing.
Check your yard for lids and manhole covers.
Contact a septic inspector/pumper to help you locate it.
Why Maintain Your Septic System?
Septic systems are designed to treat wastewater from the home. This waste often contains disease-causing bacteria and virus, including E. coli. When septic systems are not properly maintained this waste can can enter the groundwater, contaminating drinking water and harming the environment. There is also the risk that surface waters will be contaminated which is dangerous for swimmers.
Did you know that your septic system should be pumped every 2-5 years?
Improperly maintained septic systems are a larger contributor of E. coli in the Flat River. Frequently pumping your septic system is just one of several things homeowners can do to protect public health, the environment, and avoid costly repairs.